Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Attention Freshman and Juniors: We are looking for students to become a part of the Freshman and Junior Executive Committees. These committees are comprised of 24 leaders who want to organize events and fundraising for the class of 2025 and 2023. Petitions are available outside A-12 or by the main office. Return all completed forms to Ms. Van Lieu in A-12. Class officers of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer will be elected from this committee.

The Travel Club will be flying to Italy and London/France in summer 2022. If you are interested in either trip the enrollment packets are outside A-12. Please plan on attending a zoom meeting on Thursday Sept. 23 at 7pm with a parent for further information. You may return enrollment forms to trip leaders Ms. Van Lieu A-12, Mrs. Lewis C-15 or Mr. Hernandez A-16. Do not delay as there are scholarships and discounts that will expire on Sept. 26.

Don’t delay ordering your official Tee Shirts for the Sophomore and Junior Classes.
Order forms are outside room A-12. The sale will be extended until the end of September. This is a fundraiser for both classes.

Attention Sophomores: executive committee petitions are due. Please return those to Mr. Ward in K-5C.

Do you like puzzles? Are you concerned about foreign hackers targeting our nation’s companies and infrastructure like the Colonial Pipeline? If so, join us in M1 (lower M wing) for the cybersecurity club Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. We will talk about good cyber hygiene as well as prepare for the national cybersecurity competition Cyberpatriot. Registration for the competition ends Sept 30th so don’t delay. We have practice systems that need to be secured! Feel free to stop M1 to learn more.

Attention students: Philosophy club begins this week on Thursday at 2:30 in Mr. Z’s room B-17. Come this Thursday for us to get everything started. Again, philosophy club begins this week on Thursday at 2:30 in Mr. Z’s room B-17.

Are you interested in being an advocate for the environment? Do you enjoy gardening and getting your hands dirty? Then check out the Green School Club. We meet on Thursdays in room B14 right after school. All are welcome. See you there!

Today’s Hispanic Heritage Month featured Latinx Person of the Day is
Alma Flor Ada, A Cuban-American author of children’s books, poetry and novels. She is recognized for her work promoting bilingual and multicultural education in the US. Alma Flor Ada was born in Camagüey, Cuba on January 3, 1938, to Modesto Ada Rey and Alma Lafuente.[3] She grew up in La Quinta Simoni,[3] a house owned by the family of Cuban revolutionary Ignacio Agramonte.[3] Born into a family of storytellers, poets, and educators,[4] she grew up hearing traditional tales re-told by her grandmother, father, and uncle. At the age of 15, she traded a quinceañera party for summer school in the United States, thus beginning her life as a bilingual person.[5][6]
After completing high school in Cuba, she earned a scholarship to attend Loretto Heights College. There she first encountered discrimination against Mexican-Americans,[5] a discovery inspirational to her diversity appreciation efforts. After a year at Barry College in Miami,[3] she earned a Diploma de Estudios Hispanos with an Excellency Award at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.[5] She completed her Ph.D at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.[7] She was awarded a Fulbright Scholars Exchange Grant and appointed a Radcliffe Institute scholar at Harvard University[8] and prepared her dissertation for publication, Pedro Salinas: El diálogo creador.[9]
In 1970, she and her four children relocated permanently to the United States.[1] She currently resides in Marin County, California, and has nine grandchildren.[3]